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Galerie Roger-Viollet : Paris Right Bank / Left Bank – The banks of the Seine between work and leisure


Galerie Roger-Viollet presents from June 29 to September 30, 2023 the exhibition Paris Rive Droite / Rive Gauche. The banks of the Seine between work and leisure.

From 1860 to 1960, the appearance of the two banks of the Seine was constantly changing according to craft and commercial activities.

Today, bicycles and pedestrians have replaced cars on the banks of the river, but at the turn of the 20th century one more likely  came across itinerant wigmakers, dog shearers, cowherds who sold fresh milk from their cows and mattress makers padding wool, while the coachmen came to wash and water their horses.

In 1900, 51 million visitors flocked to the Universal Exhibition: seven months during which each bank of the Seine was transformed into a replica of a fantasized world of ephemeral architecture of which almost nothing remains today in the Parisian landscape.

Whether by river transport of goods and construction materials or by the wine trade thanks to the dedicated ports and warehouses in Bercy, the Seine has long been one of the preponderant elements of the capital. However, the fact remains that the banks and the islands of the Seine alone contribute to the romantic image that visitors from all over the world have always had of the City of Light.

One year before the ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Galerie Roger-Viollet puts the Seine in the spotlight and tells its story through 86 photographs, available in modern numbered prints in limited edition.


Paris Rive Droite / Rive Gauche – Les bords de Seine entre labeur et loisirs
from June 29 to September 30, 2023
Galerie Roger-Viollet
6, rue de Seine
75006 Paris

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